PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State soccer team took its first step toward a fourth-straight NCAA postseason when it opened fall camp, Wednesday.
The Cougars, who tied or set over 30 school records last year, are coming off a 14-3-4 season and a runner-up finish to Pac-12 and national champion UCLA. In the 2014 NSCAA preseason poll, Washington State is the first team receiving votes.
Not only have the Cougars reached the postseason in each of the last three seasons, they have made five trips in the last six years, one of only 28 schools nationally to accomplish the feat.
Under first-year head coach Steve Nugent, Washington State returns 16 student-athletes, including 13 letterwinners and seven starters from its 2013 squad.
The Cougars bring back 70.3 percent of their goals from last year and 64.3 percent of their points. In addition, goalkeeper Gurveen Clair is a fifth-year senior who hold Washington State career records for goals against average, save percentage, shutouts and wins.
Offensively, the two leading goal scorers returning are senior Nicole Setterlund (8 in 2013) and junior Cara Wegner (5). Setterlund was named All-Pac-12 and NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team last season while four of Wegner’s tallies were game-winners in 2013.
Washington State opens its regular season at home, Friday, Aug. 22 in a 5 p.m. match televised by the Pac-12 Networks.